Tyson Fury will face big-hitting Belarusian Alexander Ustinov – the 22-stone giant who Dereck Chisora broke his hand against in sparring – this Saturday (26 July) at the Phones4u Arena in Manchester, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky channel 437/HD 490 and Virgin channel 546).
Fury was left disappointed when Chisora withdrew from their fight on Monday after breaking his hand against Ustinov in their final sparring session, but promoter Frank Warren has moved quick to ensure all Fury’s hard training hasn’t gone to waste and secured him world ranked Ustinov.
From Minsk, the 6ft 7½in Ustinov has been at Chisora’s North London gym for the last two weeks helping him to prepare for Fury, but now finds himself the man in the opposite corner with the chance of causing a huge shock and inflicting the first loss on the Wilmslow giant’s record.
Ustinov, a former kickboxing champion and MMA fighter, has won 29 out of 30 fights, with 21 ending by knockout and 13 coming inside three rounds. He’s world ranked in two of the major governing bodies: eight in the IBF and nine in the WBA. In his last fight he ended the career of former world title contender David Tua, outpointing him to win the WBA Pan African Championship. His sole loss was to Kubrat Pulev in September, 2012 in a European title challenge.
Hard-hitting Fury, who himself has 16KOs from 22 undefeated fights, says he’ll take out his anger and frustration on Ustinov for destroying his fight with Chisora.
He said, “The first thing is I’m happy to still be fighting this Saturday and that the fans will get what they paid for and see a good fight. We’ve had a hard training camp and I’m in the shape of my life, expecting to knockout Chisora, but now I’m going to have take it out on Ustinov and make sure he takes the full force of my anger. Chisora will now see what he was going to get on the night – knocked out. Strangely, I’m going to break the man who broke Chisora’s hand. Full credit for Ustinov for taking the fight, he’s a big lad, more importantly he’s a credible world ranked opponent and he must fancy his chances. We’re two gladiators, but he’s going to feel what it like against a world class heavyweight like me.”
Frank Warren added, “Under the circumstances, Ustinov is a brilliant replacement for Chisora at this late stage. He’s fit and ready after training and sparring for two weeks with Chisora at his gym, he’s got a great record, like Fury he’s giant of a man and has got some serious knockout punch power. Ustinov is world ranked inside the top ten of two major governing bodies and didn’t hesitate about fighting Fury which shows his confidence. Fury’s been preparing for a shorter man in Chisora and he’ll have to adjust his preparations, but with two huge men in the ring throwing big punches, anything can happen.”
A title-stacked show features Billy Joe Saunders in the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on undefeated Italian Emanuele Blandamura for the vacant European middleweight championship; exciting Liverpool light middleweight Liam Smith defends his British title against Jason Welborn; Manchester ace Terry Flanagan challenges Martin Gethin for the vacant British lightweight championship; an exciting Manchester-Liverpool clash sees Jack Catterall face Nathan Brough for the vacant Central Area light welterweight championship; top talents Ronnie Heffron and Liam Williams collide in an eliminator for the British light middleweight championship.
An action packed undercard features top American heavyweight Eddie Chambers and some of the best in domestic talent: undefeated rising talent Chris Eubank Jnr., unbeaten Liam Walsh; plus top prospects Tom Stalker, Adrian Gonzalez, Declan Geraghty, Yusef Safa, McCauley McGowan and the pro debut of Michael Gomez Jnr.
Tickets for the show and VIP packages are available through Eventim on 0844 249 1000 or eventim.co.uk.
Watch Fury v Ustinov and the whole action packed card on BoxNation, the Channel of Champions (Sky channel 437 and HD 490/Virgin channel 546). Join at www.boxnation.com.
Courtesy of the Queensberry Promotions press office